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The Invasive Yet Edible Lionfish


  Here in Hawaii, Lionfish are an exotic aquarium attraction, with their long poisonous spines.

In the Atlantic Ocean, Red Lionfish have become an invasive species with no natural predators. They often eat up to ninety-percent of the smaller fish in a reef. But adding them into local fisheries in the Atlantic as a form of “conservational hunting” controls their numbers. They‘re caught…cooked…and taste a lot like red snapper. To protect Pacific fish, laws prevent their release into Hawaiian waters. Mark Hixon is a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Hixon says that if red lionfish do make their way to the Pacific, he recommends eating them as a form of population control. Research from the University of Hawaii atManoahas shown that poison in the fish’s spines “mimic” ciguatera, a common fish toxin. This false-positive result has led to the common myth that the lionfish is not edible. But Hixon says that if the fish does invade the pacific, it’s still safe to eat as long as the ciguatera test is done after cooking the fish. Hixon adds that eating the fish would be the only way we could thin their numbers. 

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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